Gospel music has skillfully and completely been reinvented by Onno Smit , Paul Willemsen and singer Michelle David. They are going back to the origin and essence of the music, but with a new, minimal approach. So you won’t get a Hammondorgan where you would’ve expected it, and the abundance of chords has been scrapped; often, one guitar riff says more than a series of chord changes.
The Gospel Sessions Vol. 1 was an introduction to the project itself. They wanted to show how Gospel music could take on various elements and not be viewed in the same typical fashion that is so familiar to most.
Volume 2 definitely erases all that you thought you knew about them and gospel. This is a rougher yet vulnerable piece of work. Michelle David has truly settled in her role and has allowed her personal experience to manifest itself through every word, note and tone. Onno Smit, Paul Willemsen and Toon Omen have opened the door to more instruments without being heavily saturated with the predictable.
Throwing your hands up, shedding a tear, evoking deep thought and dancing isn’t an option….It’s a necessity. So “Buckle up cause it’s gonna be another GOSPELIZED ride!!!